The event is organised by Ireland’s seafood development agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Hatch, which invests in and mentors early-stage sustainable aquaculture companies.
BIM’s innovation and development manager Richard Donnelly will interview four panellists from the aquatech sector. These are:
- Ronan Loftus, founder of DNA traceability firm IdentiGEN, which is now part of MSD Animal Health.
- Ashie Norris, group geneticist responsible for R&D at the genetics division of the world’s biggest salmon farmer, Mowi.
- Kate Dempsey of Aqualicense, which offers a suite of services which lead clients through the entire aquaculture licensing process.
- Brian Quinn, chief executive of WellFish Diagnostics, which is actually based in Paisley, Scotland where Quinn, an Irishman, is a professor at the School of Health and Life Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. Quinn, an exotoxicologist, is working on the re-purposing and translation of human medical diagnostic technologies to assess fish health in aquaculture.
The event will include a panel discussion about the cross-sector skillsets that the BIM says give Ireland’s blue start-ups an edge as they grow their businesses. This cross-fertilisation of ideas and expertise is allowing Ireland’s aquaculture sector to expand beyond primary production and develop industry-leading technologies that could revolutionise the global blue economy.
Register for the webinar here.